Bourbon the Whippet Wins Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin

There's a new top dog in town!

Bourbon the Whippet – show name GCHP CH Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon – won Best in Show at the 20th Annual AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. To earn the top prize of $50,000, Bourbon beat out more than 4,000 other canines.

The show took place on Dec. 12-13, 2020 in Orlando, Florida, and was aired nationally for the first time on ABC on Jan. 17, according to the American Kennel Club. For those who missed out on the canine competition, animal lovers can still catch all the furry highlights from the big show on

Before she took home the big title, Bourbon won the Hound Group to make it to the final Best in Show round, where she was joined by Wasabi the Pekingese, Orca the Lagotto Romagnolo, Wilma the Boxer, Venus the Standard Poodle, Sketti the Australian Shepherd and Dazzle the Welsh terrier.

Wasabi ended up taking second place in this year's competition, also known as Reserve Best in Show. The previous year, Bourbon and Wasabi swapped places, with the Whippet taking second place and the Pekingnese earning Best in Show.

This AKC National Championship win, Bourbon's first, brings the Whippet's overall Best in Show wins to 109. Bourbon comes from a lineage of winners. Her littermate Whiskey won the 17th Annual AKC National Championship in 2018. According to the AKC, like Whiskey, Bourbon now plans to go into retirement after winning this big AKC event.

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